Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

The Sky is the Limit: Breastfeeding a Vent-Dependent NICU baby

While on three-day hospital bed rest with PPROM, I researched what was required to create a breast milk supply under these circumstances: our son was going to be an extremely low birth weight, premature, and sick baby. He would be separated from me at birth, untouchable for days, possibly weeks. I read that pumping within […]

Meet Second Annual NICU Heroes Award Winner Nurse Stephanie Horecky Hall

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Horecky Hall, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, is one of two winners of the Second Annual NICU Heroes Award, presented by Mead Johnson Nutrition and Hand to Hold. The awards recognize outstanding NICU health care professionals each year for their compassion, courage and perseverance in improving outcomes for medically fragile babies and their entire […]

Deciding to Pump Breast Milk for an Extended Period of Time

I told myself when I was pregnant with my first child that I would try to breast feed. I had listened to enough friends who wanted to and it didn’t work out for one reason or another. I told myself if I was disappointed that I couldn’t breast feed, I wouldn’t be too hard on myself. I never […]

How NICU Nurses Make a Big Impact

Ok, so you have just delivered your baby early, very early.  They are premature beyond your imagination (13 weeks early for me) and they take your child(ren) to the NICU.  This situation was a little different for me than most I assume. I am sure there are some out there who might share in this […]

Organizing Your Preemie’s Medicine

When it comes to being a preemie parent, one thing you have to be is organized. Now, I am generally an organized person. I may not be the neatest person but I can tell you where anything is in my house. My husband likes to say I am an overly organized person. This is one […]